From Beijing with Love
|From Beijing with Love|
Hong Kong film poster
|Cantonese||gwok3 caan2 ling4 ling4 cat1|
|Directed by||Lee Lik-Chi
|Written by||Stephen Chow
Law Ka Ying
|Music by||William Hu|
|Edited by||Ma Chung-Yiu|
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest|
From Beijing With Love (Chinese: 國產凌凌漆; 凌凌漆 is a homophone for the numbers "007" in Chinese) is a 1994 Hong Kong action and comedy film directed by Lee Lik-Chi and Stephen Chow. It's a very direct spoof of James Bond movies and stars Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen and Law Ka-Ying.
Golden Gun steals the cranium of China's only dinosaur fossil. Chow, starring as a hawker-cum-secret-agent 007, is sent to Hong Kong by a high-ranking government official to recapture the cranium. When he arrives in Hong Kong, he meets Siu Kam (Anita Yuen), who proposes to help him in his endeavor. However, Siu Kam turns out to be a subordinate of Golden Gun. Golden Gun is in actuality the government official who directs Chow to find the cranium.
Golden Gun instructs Siu Kam to send 007 on a false lead and tells him that the cranium may have been stolen by a smuggler. 007, with the help of Siu Kam, sneaks into a cocktail party held by the smuggler. Before he enters, he tells Siu Kam that he will fetch her some white roses. Siu Kam tells 007 to find evidence that the smuggler stole the cranium; meanwhile, Kam hides in a tree, planning to snipe 007 from afar. The party is interrupted by a mysterious man (modeled after Jaws from James Bond) and a mysterious woman who are out to kill 007. Taking this opportunity, Siu Kam shoots Chow several times, including once in the leg with 007 thinking another assassin has shot him. 007 (who was wearing a bulletproof vest but not bulletproof trousers) escapes, grabbing three white roses on the way out. Siu Kam is touched by this gesture and saves his life. She decides to defect from Golden Gun. Together, the two destroy the organization that is behind the theft of the cranium. Chow eventually triumphs over Yuen and is rewarded with a meat cleaver emblazoned with the calligraphy of Deng Xiaoping.
- Stephen Chow - Ling Ling Qi (Homophonic pun of '007' in Cantonese)
- Anita Yuen - Li Xiang Qin
- Law Kar-ying - Da Wen Xi (another Homophonic pun of Leonardo da Vinci, transliterated in Cantonese)
- Pauline Chan - Mystery Woman
- Joe Cheng - Metal Death Killer (clearly based on Jaws from Moonraker )
- Lee Lik-Chi - executed Martial arts master
- Wong Kam-kong - Golden Gun, masquerading as Yuen, Ling's Commander
- Wong Yat-Fei
- Yu Rongguang - Chinese Agent killed by Golden Gun
- Spencer Lam
- Indra Leech
- Lee Kin-yan
- Leung Hak-Shun
- Leung See-Ho
- Tsang Sau-Ming
Salutation to other films
- The name of the film in Chinese means "the domestically-produced 007".
- The name of the "ultimate weapon" invented by Da Wen Xi, 要你命3000 (Lifetaker 3000), is also the name of a Hong Kong, low-budget blue movie.
- The scene where the camera pans slowly around a room of various James Bond posters to focus on Stephen Chow combing his hair and admiring himself in the mirror is a parody of the last scene of Days of Being Wild, in which Tony Leung prepares to go out. The music used is the same.
- The Universe Laser DVD cover (pictured on right) of the movie parodies that of the 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights.
- The Golden Gun's signature weapon is a spoof of the golden gun used in the James Bond novel The Man with the Golden Gun. Unlike the one from the James Bond series, this one shoots out extremely powerful expanding bullets with explosive force, instead of a one-hit fatal fragmentation bullet.
The song Stephen Chow sang while playing the piano is 李香蘭 by Jacky Cheung.
It grossed a huge HK $37,523,850 in Hong Kong.
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